DREAM MA­CHINES

Adren­a­line-in­duc­ing lux­ury toys

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CONTENTS -

Not so long ago, mo­tor­cy­cles were con­sid­ered a cheap form of trans­port for the masses: cheap to buy, cheap to run, no frills in­cluded. But there’s now an­other side to mo­tor­cy­cling and it’s a world of ex­otic ma­te­ri­als, ou­tra­geous per­for­mance, ex­clu­siv­ity and de­sir­abil­ity. We’ve picked out some of the most ex­otic pro­duc­tion mo­tor­cy­cles on Earth to set your pulses rac­ing. Meet the mag­nif­i­cent seven.

1 KAWASAKI H2R PRICE: US$ 55,000

Without doubt, the Kawasaki H2R is the most ex­treme pro­duc­tion mo­tor­cy­cle ever built. It pro­duces a lu­di­crous 310bhp, is fit­ted with a su­per­charger, and is eas­ily ca­pa­ble of over 200mph, as well as ac­cel­er­at­ing from 0-60mph in just 2.6 sec­onds. Even a For­mula 1 car would strug­gle to beat this beast away from the traf­fic lights. As well as its awe­some 999cc, four-cylin­der, su­per­charged en­gine, the H2R (which is the track-fo­cused ver­sion of the road-le­gal H2 ma­chine) is bristling with elec­tronic rider aids in­clud­ing launch con­trol, trac­tion con­trol and en­gine-brak­ing con­trol – all of which can be switched off if you’re brave enough. The H2R is an ex­er­cise in go­ing way over the top but that’s ex­actly what Kawasaki in­tended: it’s a pure show­case of what the Ja­panese firm can do and if you were play­ing Mo­tor­cy­cle Top Trumps, this would be the win­ning card ev­ery time.

2 HONDA RC213V- S PRICE: US$ 185,000

If you’re a fan of Mo­toGP (mo­tor­cy­cling’s equiv­a­lent to For­mula 1) then this is the clos­est you can get to own­ing and rid­ing one of the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar pro­to­types raced by the likes of Valentino Rossi and Marc Mar­quez. Honda’s RC213V-S is ba­si­cally a Mo­toGP bike with lights, in­di­ca­tors and a reg­is­tra­tion plate. The 999cc V-Four en­gine may only pro­duce 159bhp in stan­dard trim, but add the Sports Kit parts and you’re look­ing at an eye-wa­ter­ing 215bhp. And the bike is so light (170kg) and revs so high that it threat­ens to rip your arms from their sock­ets. With fly-by-wire throt­tle, three power modes, nine-stage trac­tion con­trol, four-stage en­gine brak­ing con­trol and a quick­shifter, the RC213V-S is as much about ad­vanced elec­tron­ics as it is about hand-built car­bon fi­bre body­work, mag­ne­sium wheels and Mo­toGP-level sus­pen­sion and brakes. This is hand-built per­fec­tion.

3 BROUGH SU­PE­RIOR SS100 PRICE: US$ 60,000

Known as the Rolls-Royce of mo­tor­cy­cles, the Brough Su­pe­rior SS100 was made fa­mous in the 1930s by the en­dorse­ment of a cer­tain TE Lawrence (of Ara­bia) who owned eight of the ex­quis­ite ma­chines. The firm was re­vived in 2013 when Brough re­launched un­der new own­er­ship and the first re­sult was this beau­ti­fully de­signed and hand­crafted ma­chine that’s ev­ery bit as ex­clu­sive as the orig­i­nals (which now fetch over £100,000/US$140,000). While the styling of the new Brough pays homage to its fa­mous an­ces­tor, the tech­nol­ogy is all new and cut­ting edge, much of it hand­crafted in-house. With a 997cc V-Twin mo­tor, ti­ta­nium/steel frame, Fior-type cast alu­minium forks and Oh­lins sus­pen­sion, the SS100 is the ul­ti­mate builtto-or­der gen­tle­man’s mo­tor­cy­cle, com­bin­ing all the style, glam­our and ele­gance of a by­gone age with the kind of tech­nol­ogy that 21st-cen­tury rid­ers have come to ex­pect.

4 DUCATI SUPERLEGGERA PRICE: US$ 97,000

Ducati’s stunning 1299 Superleggera is the most pow­er­ful twin-cylin­der pro­duc­tion bike in the world – and also one of the most ex­clu­sive. Drip­ping in car­bon fi­bre, it weighs just 156kg (dry) and makes 215bhp, giv­ing it the power-to-weight ra­tio of a World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship ma­chine. To help con­trol all that power, there’s a com­plex Bosch elec­tron­ics pack­age which even in­cludes a “slide con­trol” func­tion and the chas­sis, wheels, sub­frame, body­work and swingarm are all made of car­bon fi­bre. The 1299cc V-Twin en­gine is also crafted from ex­otic ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing mag­ne­sium, ti­ta­nium and light­weight alu­minium. This is not a mo­tor­cy­cle for am­a­teurs – it has the hy­per-ag­gres­sive, knife-edge per­for­mance of a thor­ough­bred race bike (which is es­sen­tially what it is) and is aimed at very ex­pe­ri­enced, and very wealthy, track-day ad­dicts.

5 HARLEY-DAVID­SON HARLEY DAVID­SON CVO LIMITED PRICE: START­ING FROM US$ 45,000

If out-and-out speed and per­for­mance aren’t your thing but you still want a sense of ex­clu­siv­ity when you ride, then this limited-edi­tion Harley-David­son CVO has all the bells and whis­tles thrown at it. Based around the new 117 en­gine (which, at 1,923cc is Harley’s big­gest and most pow­er­ful to date), it pro­duces an as­ton­ish­ing 122ft/ lb of torque, which is enough to rip­ple the Tar­mac as you pull away from traf­fic lights. The CVO even has a stereo fit­ted with 900 watts of speaker power to an­nounce your ar­rival! That’s right, a stereo on a mo­tor­cy­cle, and there’s an elec­tronic tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem too. This is plush­ness taken to ex­tremes – the CVO is the high­est­spec­i­fi­ca­tion Harley-David­son you can buy.

6 CON­FED­ER­ATE G2 P51 COM­BAT FIGHTER PRICE: US$ 97,000

You want real ex­clu­siv­ity and a mo­tor­cy­cle that looks like no other? Look no fur­ther. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt both have Con­fed­er­ate mo­tor­cy­cles in their col­lec­tions and since only 61 of these Com­bat Fight­ers will be built, you may well find your­self hav­ing to fight off Hol­ly­wood stars to buy one. It fea­tures a mas­sive 2,163cc V-Twin en­gine that the mak­ers claim pro­duces 200bhp, and what could be cooler than rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle whose styling cues are taken from the iconic P51 Mus­tang war­plane? The Com­bat Fighter is guar­an­teed to pull a crowd when­ever you park it up, and it’s pretty much guar­an­teed that you’ll never spot an­other one on the road – un­less you ride the same roads as Cruise and Pitt.

7 MV AGUSTA F4 RC PRICE: US$ 46,500

The new-for-2018 MV Agusta F4 RC is surely one of the most beau­ti­ful mo­tor­cy­cles ever built. The F4 has been around for years now but this RC ver­sion is the high­est-spec ver­sion to date. With the race kit fit­ted it will pump out 202.5bhp from its 998cc in­line four-cylin­der en­gine, which boasts a cen­tral cam­chain and ra­dial valves. The RC is also ex­clu­sive as only 250 will be built by the Ital­ian fac­tory. The bike comes with a num­ber 37 on the nose to cel­e­brate the 37 world ti­tles won by MV Agusta in its 1960s and 70s hey­day.

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